Darrin Horn Fired After Four Seasons

March 13, 2012

University of South Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman has fired men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn. Hyman announced the firing at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Horn went 60-63 in four seasons with the Gamecocks.  The team’s 21 losses this season tied a school record.

“Credibility comes with competitive success,” said Hyman.  “I look back with Coach Horn and there’s a lot of tremendous accomplishments he has done at the University of South Carolina.”

“Unfortunately in this business you have to take your program in a different direction.  This is one of those days,” said Hyman.

Hyman said Horn will be given a $2.4 million buyout of the final three years of his contract.  Hyman also praised Horn’s academic success, character, and integrity of the program during Horn’s tenure.

Hyman said Horn understood the decision and “was disappointed and apologized for not doing better.”

Horn was not present at the press conference, but did issue a statement in a university release.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Eric Hyman, Dr. Pastides and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity I’ve had as the head men’s basketball coach at South Carolina for the past four years.  I appreciate the Gamecock Nation for its support of the program.  My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Columbia and wish nothing but the best for the Gamecocks.”

Horn led the Gamecocks to a 20-win season his first year, finishing tied for first in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Eastern Division, and losing in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) to Davidson.

Since the 2008-2009 season, the Gamecocks had losing seasons each year, finishing at or near the bottom of the SEC standings.

Hyman said he is launching a national search immediately to replace Horn.